• Uncategorized,  you know you've got CP

    >You Know You’ve Got CP When…

    >…You arrive at your parents house Christmas morning to find your wheelchair waiting by the front door. And discover that the reason your Christmas Stocking (or shiny purple gift bag in this case) wasn’t in the traditional end of the bed position wasn’t because you live alone but because what better place for a crip’s gifts than their wheelchair? Also: you know you have a Christmas Day birthday when it gets to mid morning before people go “oh yeah, Happy Birthday!” And finally you know it’s Christmas at my parents house when you’re asked to help peel the potatoes. Only 11lbs worth for four of you. And you know you’ve…

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    >Christmas Eve

    >Christmas Eve this year was celebrated by me, my parents and my sister. First there was a lot of food. Including a baked ham that Soph and I agreed was about the size of an actual pigs head. Then there were games. Starting with the traditional for my family Christmas unearthing of the Mancala board. I love that game, no idea why we don’t have it put more often. We moved on to Trivial Pursuits. Some of the questions were familiar as we’d played it two weeks before for my birthday but it was still a game filled with laughter and fun. In fact the whole evening was. All four…

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    >Christmas Wishes

    >I’ve been pretty absent from this blog lately. I have big things planned for 2012. Partially it’s the old new year thing. But I do also think my impending 30th birthday has a part to play (26 hours left of being a 20 something!). I’ve been through a lot this year and who I am has changed as a result. Part of my plans for the new year is some changes to this blog to better reflect that. But for now I want to thank everyone for reading, sharing, subscribing and commenting. And for all the support, friendship and even love that has been sent my way. I’m not always…

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    >Link Fest #1

    >A few things that have me think, laugh, smile, cry etc lately. Or otherwise need to share One teachers approach to preventing gender bullying in the classroom ~ whilst specifically about gender it’s a beautiful post with ideas that could be used to embrace differences of any sort. What the barber said ~ I go through phases when I read Dave Hingsburger’s blog everyday and then don’t for several months. This post about kindness and the impression we make on others is one of the reasons I like to read it. The very definition of irony ~ this post by Sue Marsh details her conditions and shares the fact that…

  • 2012,  NaNoWriMo,  Uncategorized,  writing

    >A few writing thoughts

    >I can’t remember if I shared this already but by the end of November I was still loving the writing but I was just done with the project I was working on. Totally bored of it. Talking to others who did NaNo that seemed to be pretty normal thing. I’d probably go as far as to say its an expected part of the nanowrimo process. But that said I don’t remember it being as hard in years gone by. I did have several instances of life kicking me in the teeth in other ways during the month though. Two weeks later however I’m finding that I’m really missing the writing.…

  • books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    >Lord of the Lightning by David Butler

    >One of my blog readers and fellow CPer, Becky, sent me an email asking if I’d like to review her Dad’s new book. And not being one to turn down free books (and because it sounded good) I said yes. The book is Lord of the Lightning by David Butler Here is the synopsisThe poet Homer says the Greek gods made androids, replica humans able to speak and move and think. Consider that… The ancient Greek gods, Zeus and the rest, weren’t gods at all. They were aliens, travellers in space and time, who chanced upon planet Earth when their vehicle broke down. We were a handy emergency stop. Their…

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    >Festive Fragment Fun

    >Three mosaics I made at a Festive Fragments workshop on Saturday. The first is a star (using shiny red blue and green tiles for the most part) the second a moon (I used a lot of ceramic/china pieces for it) and the third a bird (lots of different textures in this including a couple of very large beads and yarn round the edges) I think I might turn them into a mobile. Each has a ribbon for hanging them up so it should be relatively easy. I have a flower I made at the workshop last year I can add as well. I’m not sure which I’d call my favourite,…

  • action3,  Dad,  hospital,  jay2,  jay3,  laterals,  OT,  physio,  shoes,  spasticity,  spine align,  Uncategorized,  wheelchair

    >Details on my new seating

    >Two weeks ago I went to Wheelchair Services for a new assessment. Two very productive hours later I left with a completely pimped chair and all new seating. And it was so easy.  I didn’t have to fight for anything and didn’t need to argue my case at all – the therapist simply saw me and talked to me and made suggestions.  That was so different to my last assessment where I thought I was constantly having to push for things (and where I didn’t get what I needed looking back).  I’d actually made my Dad take the afternoon off work to take me so I had back up –…

  • books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    >Miracle on Regent Street by Ali Harris

    >Simon and Schuster very kindly gave me a copy of Miracle on Regent Street by Ali Harris to review. Here’s the synopsis:Dreams can come true – it could happen to you…For the past two years, Evie Taylor has lived an invisible existence in London, a city she hoped would bring sparkle to her life. But all that is about to change. For winter has brought a flurry of snow and unexpected possibilities. Hidden away in the basement of Hardy’s – once London’s most elegant department store – Evie manages the stockroom of a shop whose glory days have long since passed. When Evie overhears that Hardy’s is at risk of…

  • exercise,  goals,  meds,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    >December Goals

    >Take my meds every day (seriously my med compliance has been absolutely atrocious lately. And no suprise, my mood is appalling as a result. Surprisingly my spasticity hasn’t gone as crazy as it used to with not meds). Continue my one better choice a day plan I’ve been working on. Finish some damn knitting.  (honestly I don’t think I’ve finished a single knitting project this year :-O) No more ridiculous chocolate binges (I ate a totally ridiculous amount today and don’t know how I wasn’t sick). 15 mins on the house each day. Catch up on book reviews Exercise a couple of times a week. All content copyright Emma Crees,…